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Hospitals brace for sequestration-related cuts

Hospitals brace for sequestration-related cuts

Hospitals across the state are bracing for billions in financial losses, thanks to sequestration and a series of other federal budget cuts. While some cuts were expected and planned for, sequestration was not – and hospitals are struggling to figure out how to deal with the loss of revenue. For example, sequestration cuts Medicare provider… Continue Reading Hospitals brace for sequestration-related cuts

The Colorado Court of Appeals has affirmed that Colorado state law does not require certified registered nurse anesthetists to be supervised by a physician.   In a ruling yester, the court said that former Gov. Bill Ritter acted within his rights by opting out of the federal requirement for advance-practice registered nurses.   “We are… Continue Reading Judge: CRNAs don’t need physician supervision

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Health care reform will change hospitals’ business models, according to a survey of human resource executives. The survey, performed by global professional services company Towers Watson, found that workforce issues, the need for a wider array of staff skills and new leadership models will rise in importance as the hospital industry grapples with the transformation… Continue Reading Survey: Reform will challenge hospitals to adapt, compete

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Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Hospitals and doctors are seeking greater commitments from each other as a way to gain economic security — but don’t call it a marriage yet. Newfound hospital and doctor commitments are likely to take several different forms — joint ventures, partnerships, employment — as the way health care is delivered changes nationwide, thanks to a… Continue Reading Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Hospital pay levels have steadily dropped during the past decade and now match the average pay for all workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information from the bureau shows that the cost increases to hospitals for wages and salary growth were 5.7 percent higher than they were in the fourth quarter of… Continue Reading Hospital pay not what it used to be

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The nation’s hospitals will lose $142 million from Medicare cuts for the next fiscal year, a figure that represents about 0.1 percent of the hospital and acute-care budget for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new reimbursement rate does not yet include hospital-related provisions of health care reform. CMS officials said they will… Continue Reading Hospitals receive Medicare cut, long term care gets hike

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Joint Commission gives hospitals good report

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The Joint Commission has good news for the nation’s hospitals: They’re doing a better job. The nation’s hospitals have improved the quality of patient care every year for the past seven years, said The Joint Commission, the hospital accrediting body. The commission’s latest report provides evidence in improvements in patient care for heart attacks, heart… Continue Reading Joint Commission gives hospitals good report

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Health care spending down, CMS says

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Nominal health spending in the United States grew 4.4 percent in 2008, to $2.3 trillion, or $7,861 a person, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The number is the lowest since CMS started tracking expenditures during 1960. However, health care spending continues to outpace overall economic growth, which grew by… Continue Reading Health care spending down, CMS says

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The nation’s hospitals are on the clock to upgrade their information technology — and big brother is watching. “The government doesn’t just want to see hospitals using information technology — they want meaningful use of that technology as part of health care reform,” said Bill Luallen, a partner in the health care provider practice at… Continue Reading Hospitals racing to comply with IT deadline mandates

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